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DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson sand volleyball team improved to 6-7 in its inaugural season with a close 3-2 victory over visiting A-Sun rival Jacksonville (1-4) Tuesday afternoon at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Complex. Sophomore Katie DiGirolamo (Bradenton, Fla.) and freshman Stephanie Marin (Naples, Fla.) won a three-set battle at the #4 seed position that ended up being the difference in the match.

Marin approached a triple double, racking up 20 digs, 11 kills and seven service aces in her win; also recording double-doubles on the day were freshmen Julie Bassett (Wadsworth, Ohio) and Taylor Story (Plano, Texas). Bassett's 18 kills were a team high for the Hatters, who played their final home match while honoring seniors Kaylee Ream (Venice, Fla.) and Ashley Rutherford (Satsuma, Fla.) for their efforts in starting the program.

Stetson concludes the regular season Saturday at the Fiesta on Siesta Key tournament in Siesta Key, Fla. The Hatters will be one of eight varsity sand squads in the field, joining College of Charleston, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, FGCU, Jacksonville, Tulane and Webber International as well as future sand competitors FIU and Louisiana-Monroe. Also slated to compete are Ave Maria, Florida, Florida Christian, Miami (Fla.), Pasco Hernando CC, Saint Leo, South Florida CC, St. Catherine, St. Petersburg, State College of Florida, UCF, Union and USF.

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1. Kendall Courtney/Cari Whitmire (JU) def. Julie Bassett/Kaley Melville (STET) 21-15, 14-21, 15-13

Bassett - 18 kills, 16 digs, 1 ace; Melville - 10 kills, 7 digs

2. Maren Rygh/Alexa Stonish (STET) def. Niatha Cullen/Chelsea Sanderson (JU) 21-9, 21-17

Rygh - 12 kills, 3 digs; Stonish - 6 kills, 8 digs, 6 aces

3. Kathryn Kane/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU) def. Alisha Hoffman/Taylor Story (STET) 21-14, 21-11

Hoffman - 9 kills, 13 digs; Story - 14 kills, 12 digs, 1 ace

4. Katie DiGirolamo/Stephanie Marin (STET) def. Alison Loeppky/Jenna Orner (JU) 17-21, 21-11, 15-10

DiGirolamo - 7 kills, 14 digs, 4 aces; Marin - 11 kills, 20 digs, 7 aces

5. Savannah Byl/Kaylee Ream (STET) def. Alyssa Robertson/Nicole Teplitz (JU) 21-16, 21-17

Byl - 9 kills, 17 digs, 2 aces; Ream - 15 kills, 5 digs, 5 aces

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